14-year-old charged as adult in Glen Burnie attempted murder case

Phil Davis
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A 14-year-old Glen Burnie resident is facing attempted murder charges after the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office told investigators to charge him as an adult following an alleged stabbing last month.

Jaden Crowner was indicted Friday on first- and second-degree attempted murder charges as well as assault and other misdemeanor offenses after police said he stabbed a 33-year-old man in an apartment complex.

When police first arrived at 133 Warwickshire Lane around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25, officers found a bloody scene, charging documents state. Investigators found bloody handprints on the walls of a stairwell as well as a significant amount of blood on the floor, police wrote.

Justin Christopher Eckhardt, 33, of Glen Burnie, was at the bottom of a stairwell, “bleeding profusely” from his left arm and looked to have been stabbed beneath his left eye, officers wrote.

The same responding officer left the apartment complex earlier that day for a domestic dispute call, of which Crowner and his teenage girlfriend were involved, charging documents state.

Eckhardt’s fiancee told police that after officers cleared the original call, Crowner’s girlfriend came out of his apartment crying. She began consoling her as she felt as though the juvenile had been the victim of a domestic assault, charging documents state.

She told police that’s when Crowner came out of his apartment, charging documents state, and began confronting her about her efforts.

The woman told police Crowner “then became irate and stated, ‘I’m gonna kill you, I’m gonna kill your boy, and I’ll blow this place up!’ ”

During the argument, police wrote her fiancee came out of the apartment to see what was going on.

After the two argued, Crowner went back into his apartment for a short period, but came back and continued arguing with Eckhardt.

During this period, his fiancee told police she was “knocked down the stairs” and as Eckhardt and Crowner continued arguing, Crowner began stabbing him with a knife.

Eckhardt was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore to treat his injuries.

After a brief search, Crowner’s mother, Takyra Rogers, brought him to the department without incident.

Initially, Crowner was taken to the Cheltenham Juvenile Detention Facility to face juvenile charges, at the direction of the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, police wrote.

However, police wrote in charging documents that Assistant State’s Attorney Anastasia Prigge advised them “the initial charging information provided by the State’s Attorney’s Office … was incorrect” and required he be re-charged as an adult.

After being initially charged with four offenses — attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and threatening arson — prosecutors added additional second-degree attempted murder and assault charges in their Friday indictment. They also added another misdemeanor weapons offense.

Adult charges against juveniles often are reduced back to juvenile citations during the case.

Prigge made news last year after she recommended no charges against a student who was harassing a transgender Southern High School student online

A spokeswoman for the State’s Attorney’s Office pointed to the office’s decision to charge Crowner with first-degree attempted murder, as Maryland law requires anyone who is accused of a crime with a potential life sentence to be charged as an adult.

No attorney is listed as representing Crowner in court records.

Eckhardt was also charged with second-degree assault in the incident.

Rogers is listed as the civilian complainant in court records, and prosecutors have scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to either dismiss the charge or put it on an inactive docket.

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